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V&A to Open Phase Two of the Museum’s Photography Centre

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V&A to open Phase Two of the museum’s Photography Centre in May 2023, creating largest permanent space dedicated to photography in the UK.

The V&A has announced that the second and final phase of the V&A’s Photography Centre will open 25 May 2023. Once open, the Photography Centre will become the largest space in the UK for a permanent photography collection, and the seven galleries – four of which will be new additions – will showcase the museum’s world-leading holdings and enable visitors to experience photography and its diverse histories in new ways.The V&A has collected and exhibited photography since the founding of the museum in the 1850s, and today its collection is one of the largest and most varied in the world.

Phase One was opened by the V&A’s Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, in October 2018, and was visited by over 600,000 people in its first year of opening. May 2023 sees the completion of the second and final phase of the Photography Centre with an additional four galleries, with base-build designed by Purcell, and fit-out designed by Gibson Thornley Architects.An interactive gallery about the history and use of the camera will feature a walk-in camera obscura portrait studio, along with a timeline of cameras to explain how they work and how photographers use them. An impressive reading room dedicated to photography and the book will visibly store the Royal Photographic Society collection of rare and unique photobooks, whilst two further display galleries will show global contemporary photography and cutting-edge commissions.

Highlights of the opening displays will includeworks by nLiz Johnson Artur, Sammy Baloji, Vera Lutter, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Tarrah Krajnak and Vasantha Yoganantha, as well as a monumental photographic sculpture by Noémie Goudal.

Further Information: V&A · Future Plan (vam.ac.uk)

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